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Show Respect Even to People Who Don't Deserve It, Not as a Reflection of Their Character, but as a Reflection of Yours - Dave Willis

Show Respect Even to People Who Don’t Deserve It, Not as a Reflection of Their Character, but as a Reflection of Yours – Dave Willis

The people we meet along our journey help us paint the picture of how we see the world. They help us explore our tolerance, practice our empathy, and remind us of our self-love.

Although the people we meet help us paint a picture of the world, our consistency is the lens we see this picture through; the person we are to the people who are good to us versus to the people who hurt us. Our kindness to people who are kind to us versus to the people who are not kind to us. Our respect toward the people who are respectful versus the people who are disrespectful.

It’s very easy to treat others how they treat us, but if we are consistent in aiming to be kind, the ultimate test is to be kind to those who are not kind to us. If we are consistent in aiming to be respectful, the ultimate test is to be respectful to those who do not respect us. 

As the quote says, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” when we treat others how they treat us, we do not reflect ourselves, we reflect them. When we mirror another’s negative action, we are only giving that action power over the possibility of showing the person how another should be treated. Often times, it takes a kind gesture to an unkind heart, to plant the seed of positive change.

Show Respect Even to People Who Don’t Deserve It, Not as a Reflection of Their Character, but as a Reflection of Yours – Dave Willis
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About Lily Daub

Lily Daub - I am a freelance writer and dedicate myself to being a student of life. I am passionate about learning, sharing, and being witness to other's learning and sharing. I believe in the collective spirit and improving this world through compassion and love. Besides contributing to The Seeds 4 Life, I also write on my personal page 10lewrites.wordpress.com

4 comments

  1. It is vital to be evil against evil. This is true.

  2. Great post and true we myst always be beautiful in character and never surcumb to anithers bad behaviour.

  3. I always tell myself that the people who are the cruelest are the most in need of positivity in their lives or as you phrased it so beautifully…”a seed of change”.

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